SMETE Open Federation and

A Collection of Collections—A Community of Communities

The goal of was to serve as a central portal to the content and services available through partner educational digital libraries and collections of educational resources in science, mathematics, engineering and technology education (SMETE, now called STEM by NSF) for K-12 and higher education. built upon the technology we developed for NEEDS, and linked together the collections of SMETE Open Federation partners. The work of and the SMETE Open Federation were the precursor to the National Science Digital Library of 2002—a collaboration of disciplinary collections providing services and resources across STEM education.

The SMETE Open Federation was envisioned as a federation of organizations and research projects that span science, mathematics, engineering and technology (SME&T, now called STEM by NSF) education. These organizations include various SME&T disciplinary digital libraries, K-12 science libraries, services that support digital libraries, professional development organizations for SME&T teachers and faculty, as well as SME&T publishers and professional and disciplinary societies. In collaboration with the Partners, we developed a shared Vision Statement to guide our activities.

The SMETE Open Federation is committed to providing a service…
    • to support learning
    • across disciplines in science, mathematics, engineering and technology
    • providing access to high-quality resources
    • in support of education reform and cross-disciplinary learning
    • from K-12 to higher education to professional development

The collaborative activities of the SMETE Open Federation and the development on the portal eventually ceased operations as we were not selected by NSF to build the National Science Digital Library.

Press releases announcing the SMETE Open Federation (and pre-cursor Alliance) and collaborating organizations and digital libraries / projects that included:

  1. Access Excellence
  2. American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
  3. American Association of Physics Teachers
  4. Association of Women in Science
  5. BioQUEST Curriculum Consortium
  6. Biosci Ed Net at AAAS
  7. Coalition for Networked Information (CNI)
  8. CITIDEL Digital Library
  9. ComPADRE Digital Library / Physical Sciences Resource Center
  10. Computer Science Teaching Center
  11. Digital Chemistry Project at UC Berkeley
  12. Digital Library for Earth Systems Education (DLESE)
  13. Limited
  14. Education Development Center (EDC)
  15. Eisenhower National Clearinghouse (ENC)
  16. Exploratorium
  17. Gender and Science Digital Library
  18. iLumina Digital Library
  19. Instructional Architect Project at USU
  20. Interactive University at UC Berkeley
  21. Internet Scout Project
  22. Learning Matrix at ENC
  23. Learning Online Network with CAPA (LON-CAPA)
  24. Mathematics Association of America (MAA)
  25. MathDL
  26. Math Forum
  27. MERIT Network
  28. MERLOT
  29. Michigan Teacher Network at MERIT
  30. National Center for Supercomputer Applications (NCSA)
  31. NEEDS—A Digital Library for Engineering Education
  32. Project Kaleidoscope
  33. SRI International, Center for Innovative Learning Technologies (SRI)
  34. University of California Teaching and Learning with technology Center (UC TLtC)
  35. University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC)
  36. Utah State University (USU)

At UC Berkeley, I served as project director and was responsible for overall project administration and I co-led the recruitment and partner management of the SMETE Open Federation. In addition, I managed and designed the user interface / user experience for


University of California, Berkeley

Key Collaborators: Alice Agogino*, Carolyn Capps, Andy Dong*, Eric Fixler*, Gretchen Lutes*, Flora McMartin*, Andi Niess*, Shuang Song, Jialong Wu*

Funding Source: National Science Foundation